Legendary actor, Dolph Lundgren reveals he has been secretly battling lung cancer for eight yearsActor Dolph Lundgren has revealed he has secretly been battling lung cancer for eight years and speculated whether his past use of steroids for bodybuilding is to blame.
The Swedish actor opened up about his battle on ‘In Depth with Graham Besinger‘ and revealed he was first diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015.
“This is just the first time I’ve spoken about it. So if you can save one person’s life who was in my situation then it’s worth it, for sure,” he said.
The Swedish actor told Bensinger that doctors in Los Angeles found a cancerous tumor in his kidney in 2015.
“Then I did scans every six months. Then you do it every year and it was fine for five years,” explained Lundgren. “In 2020, I was back in Sweden and had some kind of acid reflux… So I did an MRI, and they found that there were a few more tumors around that area.”
After he underwent surgery, during which six tumors were removed, Lundgren recalled: “There’s a picture that I was going to direct and star in that was starting in the fall. The doctor called me when I was in Alabama ready to shoot and said, ‘They found one more tumor in the liver.'”
At that point, it started to hit me that this is kind of something serious,” he continued. “They did a scan to prepare for surgery. And the surgeon called me and said, ‘No, it’s grown now. It’s too big. We can’t take it out. It’s like the size of a small lemon.'”
Explaining that he then had to undergo systemic therapy, the Rocky IV star said, “But then I started getting these side effects where I got diarrhea, and so I lost a lot of weight.”